Preterm infant massage therapy studies: An American approach

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Preterm infants have been noted to benefit from massage therapy. Following massage therapy protocols using moderate pressure preterm infants have gained 31-49% more weight on average. Some studies have also shown length and head circumference growth and bone mineral density increases associated with massage therapy. These studies are reviewed in this paper along with discussion of potential underlying mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Neonatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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